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George Crumb
October 24, 1929 -
Nationality: American
Category: Composer
Subcategory: American Composer

I am certain that most composers today would consider today's music to be rich, not to say confusing, in its enormous diversity of styles, technical procedures, and systems of esthetics.


Nonetheless, I sense that it will be the task of the future to somehow synthesize the sheer diversity of our present resources into a more organic and well-ordered procedure.


In a broader sense, the rhythms of nature, large and small - the sounds of wind and water, the sounds of birds and insects - must inevitably find their analogues in music.


Most of my influences are turn-of-the-century.


Perhaps of all the most basic elements of music, rhythm most directly affects our central nervous system.


Although technical discussions are interesting to composers, I suspect that the truly magical and spiritual powers of music arise from deeper levels of our psyche.


The development of new instrumental and vocal idioms has been one of the remarkable phenomena of recent music.


The advent of electronically synthesized sound after World War II has unquestionably had enormous influence on music in general.


I must confess, my Spanish is not so good - except I read a little, so I started with the English but then determined that it would have to be in Spanish.


This is not a happy time for this kind of music in this country.


Perhaps many of the perplexing problems of the new music could be put into a new light if we were to reintroduce the ancient idea of music being a reflection of nature.


I am optimistic about the future of music.


The future will be the child of the past and the present, even if a rebellious child.


I think we're in a very low point of music right now.


As interesting as that music can occasionally be, I don't think it really replaces the other.


Unquestionably, our contemporary world of music is far richer, in a sense, than earlier periods, due to the historical and geographical extensions of culture to which I have referred.


I have observed, too, that the people of the many countries that I have visited are showing an ever increasing interest in the classical and traditional music of their own cultures.


Writing seems to be more difficult as you move through the years.


Perhaps two million years ago the creatures of a planet in some remote galaxy faced a musical crisis similar to that which we earthly composers face today.


The retrospective glance is a relatively easy gesture for us to make.


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